Last year, Channel 4’s Dispatchesdid an investigative piece called 'The Truth About Your Pay' on how companies comply with gender pay gap regulations and the way in which some consultants have been advising companies how to avoid reporting.
Consultants were filmed by undercover reporters who pretended to represent a fictitious cleaning company with 264 employees. Their recommendations ranged from options to split a company in two; reporting details of directors' pay as dividends not wages if they are also the owners; all the way to making some employees redundant.
While some employers might be interested in these short term measures, long term they will only have a negative impact. The costs of the consultants, combined with the costs of the recommended measures and having to maintain complex new structures going forward cannot be cheap. Ultimately employees will be more likely to question these measures and what they are hiding than the gender pay gap itself.